SAB TV’s long-running comedy show, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has been entertaining the audience for more than a decade. The show is known for its unique characters, clean comedy and good storyline. Mostly known for being a light-hearted show, TMKOC has also sometimes been in the news for wrong reasons. While a couple of incidents made headlines, one that remains with many is when Shyam Pathak aka Popatlal was allegedly asked to leave the show.
It all happened back in 2017 when Shyam got into a heated argument with the production team. During that year, Dilip Joshi aka Jethalal had visited London to perform for a live audience at an event. So, to manage things and not lose on the shooting schedule, the makers shuffled other actors’ shooting patterns accordingly. However, when Dilip reached London, the crowd came up with multiple requests to see Jethalal and Popatlal on stage together. Fans were going berserk to see the duo’s fun banter.
Hearing the requests, Dilip quickly called Shyam and informed him about the fans’ requests. He asked Shyam if he was willing to come down to the foreign land and perform with him. Shyam agreed to be a part of Dilip’s event and was excited for it. Well, it so happened that Jetha and Popat performed three utterly funny stand-up acts together, and the show was a massive hit.
While everything went well in London, things went nasty in Mumbai at the TMKOC sets. Well, Shyam had apparently not informed the makers of the show and team about his sudden travel plans which disturbed their shooting schedule. His absence and unprofessional behaviour got the makers extremely angry. They were fuming with anger, and when the actor was confronted about his sudden absence, things only got nasty.
A huge heated argument broke out between Shyam and producer Asit Kummar Modi. Things took such an ugly turn that Modi apparently also asked the actor to leave the show. In fact, Shyam stayed home without work for almost four days. However, later he realized his mistake and apologized to everyone. He asked for forgiveness and eventually, the makers forgave him. Subsequently, he was retained on the show and resumed shooting for fresh episodes.